House candidate Amy Kennedy announced a series of veterans’ policies she would pursue if elected to Congress Thursday that include universal screenings post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health conditions.
“As a nation, we must be willing to honor our veterans by fighting for policies that ensure access to the support and resources they need,” Kennedy said. “Even during the coronavirus pandemic, our veterans are serving on the front lines, playing a critical role responding to COVID-19. I am honored to put together a plan that outlines my specific commitment to the veterans and military families in our district, and across the country.”
Kennedy said she would seek to the number of mental health professionals staffed at Veterans Administration facilities, expand South Jersey VA clinics and provide affordable childcare to military families on top of a slew of other measures.
“Amy Kennedy understands the needs of veterans and has laid out a thoughtful and comprehensive plan that addresses the issues our community is facing,” said former Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.), who briefly served as acting U.S. Army Secretary in President Barack Obama’s administration. “Amy knows that supporting veterans is both a moral and an economic imperative. We need leaders in Congress like Amy, who are willing to make a commitment to the brave men and women who proudly serve our country.”